Stage Reviews

Shirley Ritenour Shows Vocal Strength and Dexterity at Carnegie Hall Shirley Ritenour's program on Friday, December 6, 2013 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall was a great success. She ended the set with a powerful, operatic version of "Over the Rainbow."  The audience seemed very please with the performance and several people were, literally, yelling, "Encore!"  To read the entire review click on the link below.” - Danielle Miceli

New York Cabaret Today

Ritenour Rises to Highest of Wagnerian Heights in Breast Cancer Benefit Recital Favorite New York City and Fire Island soprano Shirley Ritenour gave a recital, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall on December 6, in which she successfully juxtaposed some of the most challenging operatic arias with American standards, much in the manner that Eileen Farrell. ” - Bruce-Michael Gelbert


Ritenour labels herself a "dramatic soprano". Striding onstage with a rendition of "Dich, teure Halle", she made good on her billing, producing an impressive--in fact, thunderously loud--sound, one that might be able to ride over a Wagnerian orchestra in an opera house. Ritenour's pop technique revealed the smoky beauty of her lower register, most notably in Alec Wilder's "Blackberry Winter", an obscure gem.” - Fred Cohn

— Opera News